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I LOVE, LOVE
on January 25, 2018
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! I brew beer and was looking at moving from making 5 gallon extract to 10 gallon all grain. Actually my friends were interested in the move, and convinced me to do it first. I went with the 22 Gallon size because I figured, if I am going to make this move, I want to be able to expand if I want, and seriously the price difference between the 15 gallon and the 22 gallon pot was laughable ... This pretty much backfired on me, and now I have brewed about twenty batches, the first one was 8 gallons, it was so sad looking at all of that wasted space that should have been wort - my burner on the other hand had an impossible task of bringing it to a boil ... Changed out the hose for a high pressure hose, and decided to try a 10 gallon batch .... turns out it brought 15 gallons of wort to boil no problem - except now it sounds like an Airbus 310 taking off. So, now I am stuck, I can only brew 15 gallon batches, every time I try for something smaller, I think - WHY?! I do refuse to add a ball valve to my pot however as I brew next to my swimming pool, I use it as an ice bath, and use a pump to cycle the pool water through my immersion chiller, I can bring my boiling wort down to 80 degrees in 15 minutes flat (unless it is really cold outside). Side note, moving around 15 gallons of boiling wort is a two man job (it is more than 120 lbs of beer, and this pot is no feather weight either).
DO NOT BREW IN A BAG, at least not with this kettle and an Edelmetall Burner, my bag burned to a crisp (and it didn't touch the bottom), the beer was still pretty amazing, and I am going to add some smoked malt to add the smokiness without the tangy burned flavor on the back.
Best $160 add to my home brew setup :-) - now I am brewing beer for a quarter of the cost of the cheapest swell you can buy, and I ALWAYS have enough homebrew around when anyone (or everyone) comes over.